How I Organize my Purse

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Hi everyone! I hope your weeks are going great and you’re staying organized and productive.

First of all, I wanted to share how overly excited I am about my new bag! I purchased it at Target for around $30. Yes, I’m a girl on mission to save money, yet look great, which is why Target is one of my favorite stores. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now and I wanted to make sure the system I have works before I shared it with you guys. Good news: I love it!

This bag fits my organizer-girl needs for a couple of reasons. First, it has handbag handles and an over the shoulder strap. This is becoming an essential for bags because it gives you versatility to either grab and go, or carry it hands-free. Second, it has exterior pockets. If you’re the kind of person who has trouble keeping your purse organized or you find you’re always digging for your keys or phone, you need to get a bag that has exterior pockets (or start using the ones you have). Exterior pockets are essential for an organized purse.

Why, you ask? Well, let me explain. When you toss your phone, keys and other in-and-out essentials into the main body of your purse, they’re likely to settle right to the bottom, leaving you digging around your purse on the hood of the car until you find them. How many times can you remember tossing a lip gloss into your bag never to be seen again until the next purse clean-out day? Keep things you’re going to use regularly in exterior pockets.

I keep my phone right in the front pocket with the clasp, and I put my keys in one of the zipper pockets on the side of the purse. Only put one essential item into each exterior pocket. This is key to easily finding what you’re looking for and putting it back in a breeze–I know it is for me! Let’s take a look inside, shall we?

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How to organize warrantees, manuals and receipts in a binder

Have you ever bought something expensive and knew you had to hold on to the paperwork, instructions, CD and receipt for it? How many times have you put that paperwork in a drawer never to be seen again–especially a year later when you really really need it because you’re moving or need to reprogram something? If you’re anything like me (before I got organized), it’s probably happened more times than you can count.

If you’re a renter who tends to move around a lot, it’s so important to keep this type of paperwork organized. You’ll need user manuals to know how to program and reprogram your electronics, instructions so you can assemble and disassemble large furniture and receipts and warrantees incase things break. Make sure you’re prepared for any future move and set yourself up a warrantees manuals and receipts binder.
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First, I would like to say that I cannot take credit for the genius that is this binder. I completely stole this project from my inspiration for all that is organizing, Alejandra Costello from alejandra.tv. She’s a professional organizer and had tons of great videos full of tips and DIYs for organizing the spaces of your home–if you haven’t checked her out yet, now’s the time.

Also, I’ve linked all of the products I used in the body copy of this post. Just click on the name of the product and it will direct you to a site where you can purchase the items! Let’s get started.

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First, you’ll need a binder. I used a 3″ Better Binder from Staples. This particular binder is really high quality, large and sturdy enough to hold several poly envelopes.

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For the cover, I just slipped a piece of scrapbook paper into the front clear pocket and put a Martha Stewart Collection label over top of the plastic and used my labeler with some clear tape to make a label.

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Inside, I used clear poly envelope inserts for each item I have paperwork for. The “home” section has manuals and receipts for all of our home items, such as our bed frame, George Foreman grill, blender, etc.

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Make sure your poly envelopes have solid closures. These have velcro to keep everything inside the pocket and not all over the place. Also, if you have large manuals, instructional CDs or anything similarly bulky, you’ll want your pockets to be expandable as well.

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I just used a post-it sticky tab to the top of the poly envelope and used my clear label tape to label each section. There are so many different colors and styles of these that you can color code as you see fit.

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Don’t forget to fan out the placement of your labels so you can see them all at a glance!

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Taking the time to set up a binder like this might seem time consuming, this one small project will save you so much time later on. Never waste another second searching through a pile of papers and set yourself up with one of these bad boys, today!

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Quick Tip: Organizing Spices and Herbs for Free

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Hopefully, it was long like mine! I had today off for Presidents’ Day. It was pretty successful, I had my best run since I got my butt back to the gym and I spent the rest of the day reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I couldn’t put it down! Stay tuned for a review.

Anyways, I wanted to share a quick tip to start the week–and a totally free tip at that! It’s been a challenge the past couple years to figure out how to organize my spices and herbs. Most store-bought organizers for cupboards or pantries, take up a lot of space that is valuable in a small apartment like mine. For example, the spicy shelf leaves a ton of unused space in the middle of the cupboard, and I’m not down with that. So, I toyed with the tiered shelving from the dollar tree, and adjusting the shelves in my cupboards to fit all my spices, but as our collection grew, it was getting harder and harder to find a place for them all where I didn’t have to dig around to find what I needed.

Until I realized I had a drawer that was for the most part, vacant. I was keeping two cutting boards stored horizontally in here. Ugh–I know, I was breaking like the first rule of organizing, which is store everything vertically when you can. But I moved the cutting boards to a different spot in the kitchen (phew–that was a close one) and played with all my spiced until I ended up with this:

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I couldn’t believe how perfectly they all fit. It was like a little McCormick miracle.

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Perfection. Order. I can see all the labels and they are right next to the stove where we do most of the cooking!

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Ahhhh I just love looking at it.

Do you have an unused drawer in your kitchen that you can turn into a spice drawer? Maybe you have a drawer full of things that could be moved to a different area or could be purged of unused items to make some more room.

Even if all of your spices won’t fit perfectly in the drawer, you can always get some small containers from the dollar store or a home goods store that you can work out to fit into your drawer. Sometimes, organizing is like one big puzzle, you just have to try things out and move them around until they fit how you want them to.

Happy Organizing!Signature